I’ve been deliberately planning to look at the big picture of health care and to post what I learn. I’m still planning to do that.
Three stories have me so incensed right now that I have to share.
- The doctor Trump has chosen to make the head of Health and Human Services is Tom Price. Without a doubt, elections have consequences and this is a biggie since the guy is vocally opposed to the Affordable Care Act. But he also belongs to a whacko group called the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Among other anti-science travesties this group pushes, they continue to repeat the disproved assertion that abortion causes breast cancer. (also the dangerous lie about vaccines causing autism, that HIV and AIDS aren’t related, and that Obama won by hypnosis). To be fair, I haven’t found any evidence of Price expressing these points of view but if he does, he’s got no business setting health policy for our country.
- In Texas, a new law will go into effect on December 19th requiring women who have abortions to pay for the burial or cremation of the fetus. Currently, tissue is disposed of in the same sanitary fashion as all medical waste just like my cancerous and cancer-free breasts were after my mastectomy, or my husband’s appendix was after his emergency surgery. Obviously, this law is a way to bully women into believing that they’ve “killed a baby” rather than exercised their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. This is what I meant when I said we risk normalizing extremism.
- In Ohio, the state legislature passed a “heartbeat bill” last night, banning all abortion once the “heartbeat” can be detected, or at about six weeks gestation. First, a little reality check about the heartbeat. A Doppler fetal heart monitor uses technology to create a heartbeat sound. You’re not hearing the actual heartbeat.
And are we really saying that the beginning and end of our constitutional rights are defined by the current quality of technology?
Maybe so but apparently according to Ohio’s Senate President Keith Faber our rights definitely depend on who’s in office. He had previously opposed the heartbeat bill as being unconstitutional. But now he says, “A new president, new justice appointees changed the dynamic and there was consensus in our caucus to move forward.”
Also according to the article:
Republican Representative Jim Buchy said he thought passage of the Heartbeat Bill would encourage personal responsibility.
“What we have here is really the need to give people the incentive to be more responsible so we reduce unwanted pregnancies”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Pay attention folks. This isn’t about babies. Being forced to carry a pregnancy to term is the price a woman has to pay for being irresponsible. (or raped, by the way, but that’s another topic).
Make no mistake about it, we are talking about forcing responsibility on women only since men always have a choice to stay or walk away.
It’s like we’ve forgotten the dark days of biology being destiny.
I’m here to remind you.
One question I have: if I have to be legislated into taking greater responsibility with my sex life, how on earth would you ever believe I’m capable of making responsible decisions about pregnancy or an eventual child?
Oh gosh. Maybe this isn’t about the eventual child at all.